10 Incredible Drill Hacks You Need to Know

Your drill can be more flexible than you realize. Take a look at these techniques for your basic drill.

Electric Can Opener

This hack transforms a basic open-top can in the kitchen to a powerful electric device. The handle is removed from the manually operated can opener (they typically come off with the twist of a finger or by removing the pins that hold the cotter) to expose the axle that handles. Place the axle in the chuck of the drill and voila! Electric can opener.

Power Clean

Accelerate cleaning through the addition of a brush the attachments of your drill. This trick allows you to thoroughly clean the most difficult-to-access areas of your home. With the variable rate of the drill will ensure that you don’t hurt any delicate materials along the route.

Quick and Simple Pilot Holes

At times you could encounter a temperamental material that is prone to split when you strike on it. The best option is to make the pilot hole. But what should you do when you don’t have the right size drill?

Sure, you can head through the store to purchase it. But why don’t you use nail to start your pilot hole? Simply cut off the top of the nail and insert the nail’s body into the drill chuck, and you’re all set to go!

Quick Magnetic Screw Holder

If you’ve ever tried to find screws or drill bits trying to drag them out of your pocket when you’re working on a project, then this is the solution for you!

Apply a small amount or superglue or hot glue, to attach the framework of the drill. Put a strong magnet in the ideal spot to ensure that screws and loose materials in a convenient location as you work

Give Yourself a Small Gift

When drilling on a smooth surface it may be difficult to begin the hole by “walking” through the hole. Certain materials are so soft that it is possible to employ a nail set or punch to make an elongated dimple that can be used to place the bit. However, other materials, like glass, can be more difficult.

For this trick, keep some painter’s adhesive and cardboard in the toolbag. Tape the cardboard on the area you wish to drill. You can then employ a carbide-tipped drill at a slow speed to create an opening in the surface. The cardboard will stabilize the bit. When you have an initial hole, you can remove the cardboard and continue with the normal procedure.

A Simpler Depth Stop

You’ve probably seen the technique of applying electric tape to mark the drill bit you have to stop the hole at a particular depth. It’s a great idea. However, if you’re drilling multiple holes, the tape will be ripped pretty quickly. When this happens, it’s no more a reliable depth stop.

Instead, opt for permanent markers to show the depth you want to target and you’ll be able to make more use of it once it becomes worn down. After you’ve completed your work, clean the drill bit using removal of paint or even Goo Gone, and the ink should be able to come off.


A Simpler Depth Stop

Most likely, you’ve heard of the method of making use of the electrical tape to mark the drill bit you want to stop the drill at a certain depth. This is a fantastic tip. However, if you’re drilling many holes, the tape could be ripped pretty quickly. Once this happens, it’s no any longer a precise depth stop.

Instead, opt for permanent markers to mark the depth you want to target and you’ll be able to make more use of it, before it gets worn out. After you’ve completed your project, clean the drill bit using Goo Gone or paint remover and the ink should fall straight off.

Super-Long Bit Extender

Sometimes you’ll need additional reach with your drilling bit. You can go to your local hardware store to purchase an extender however, these come with a substantial price. If you’re just looking for an extender to complete a shorter-term project Why not create one of your own?

Dixie Cup Dust Collection

Drilling overhead directly is painful. It is not just a strain on your shoulders and arms as well, but you will also experience “chaff” or debris that comes out of the hole will slide downwards, eventually falling on your. This can be particularly annoying when drilling through the wall.

Fortunately, you can steer clear of any mess using this simple trick. You can use an Dixie cup, or a similar paper cup, and poke through the bottom. Place it on top of the drill bit, then mouth upwards. As you drill debris will be able to fall in the container!

Peeler for Fruit and Vegetables

This is perhaps the most entertaining hack in this list.

Start by putting a clean screw in the drill chuck and then bite into the vegetable’s center. Put your peeler in its skin the fruit or veggie while letting the screw go! The peeler will do a quick job of peeling the skin. All you need to do is remove the screw, and you’ll be ready for the next step.

This method works best on items like apple, because the core is harder and isn’t able to be consumed. However, it is adaptable to handle almost everything. You can replace the screw with an anchor made of threaded plastic to give more force to a soft core.

Cheap Buffer/Grinder

Switch out your drill bit to use a buffer made of cloth and the buffer can be used to polish and cleanse everything from jewelry to shoes. To go up a notch, you need to turn the drill upside down and then attach the drill to your work bench with a strap of metal. After it’s secure to your workbench, you’ve now got an efficient grinder as well as a disc sander or buffer, dependent on the type of attachment you select.